Match the tempo automatically in Logic Pro (2023)

With Smart Tempo in Logic Pro 10.4, record a performance without the metronome and have Logic Proadapt the project tempo to match the tempo of the recording. Or, keep the project tempo and flex the recording to match it.

You can use Smart Tempo when recording one or more audio, software instrument, or MIDI tracks. Smart Tempo includes three modes, Keep, Adapt, and Automatic:

  • Use Keep mode to use the project’s tempo setting for syncing all tempo-related material.
  • Use Adapt mode to have Logicanalyze and follow the tempo of a recordedperformance or audio file.
  • Use Automatic mode to let Logic Pro choose the mode, based on whether or not a tempo reference (such as the metronome, or another region) is in your project. When a tempo reference is present, the project tempo is maintained. When no musical tempo reference is present, the project tempo adapts to match the tempo of recorded or imported audio files.

To choose a Smart Tempo mode, click the Smart Tempo pop-up menu in the LCD.

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Match the project tempo while recording

To match the project tempo to your performance while recording, use Adapt mode.Use Adapt mode temporarily, when recording the first tracks in your new project. If you record subsequent tracks with Adapt mode on, the tempo map will change based on the latest recording.

  1. Create a new project and add audio tracks.
  2. Choose Adapt from the LCD Tempo display. The Tempo track opens so that you can see how the project tempo changes when recording, adding, or moving audio regions.
  3. Before you start recording, you can set some automatic actions Logic Pro will perform just after you've recorded the tracks. For example, Logic Pro can automatically trim the beginning of the tracks up to the first downbeat. Choose File > Project Settings > Smart Tempo, then select “Trim start of new regions” next to the “Set new recordings to” pop-up menu.
  4. Start recording. While you’re recording, the project tempo adapts to the recording. Red lines in the region show detected tempo changes, and a tempo map appears in the Tempo track.
  5. When you’re finished recording, press the Space bar to stop the transport.
  6. In the dialog that appears, you can choose to open the File Tempo Editor. With Smart Tempo Editor, you can preview the recording and make adjustments to the downbeat, tempo, and other tempo parameters.

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When you move or edit regions, changes in tempo follow regions to their new location. If you add a Drummer track, other rhythmic instruments, or Apple Loops to the track, they’ll automatically follow the tempo of the original tracks.If you did a multitrack recording and you add tracks later, you can add the tracks to the set of tracks Smart Tempo uses to create the tempo map, and reanalyze the tempo.

If you import an audio file, the project tempo will change to adapt to imported audio files.

Create DJ mixes with Smart Tempo

You can use Smart Tempo features to easily create seamless DJ-style mixes, where all the songs in the mix conform to the same tempo. You can create a mix in which all songs in the mix play back to a pre-determined tempo, or play back at the tempo of the song you imported first.

Create a mix that plays back at a predetermined tempo:

  1. Create a new empty project.
  2. Set the Snap pop-up menu to Smart.
  3. Double-click the tempo in the LCD, then enter the tempo you want for the mix.
  4. Choose File > Project Settings > Smart Tempo, then do the following:
    • Choose Keep Project Tempo from the "Default for Project Tempo mode" pop-up menu.
    • Choose "On + Align Bars and Beats" from the “Set imported audio files to" pop-up menu. This automatically turns Flex on for imported files, and uses Smart Tempo analysis to quantize the downbeats and beats to the grid at the current project tempo.
  5. Import the first audio file. Logic Pro analyzes the file, conforming the file to the project tempo you set.
  6. To make any adjustments in theSmartTempo Editor, click Show.
  7. In the Tracks area, trim and move the song’s beginning and end as desired.
  8. Import the next audio file. The newly-imported file plays back at the project tempo.

Create a mix at the tempo of the first song you imported:

  1. Create a new empty project.
  2. Set the Snap pop-up menu to Smart.
  3. Choose File > Project Settings > Smart Tempo, then do the following:
    • Choose Adapt Project Tempo from the "Default for Project Tempo mode" pop-up menu.
    • Choose On from the “Set imported audio files to” pop-up menu. This automatically turns Flex on for imported files.
  4. Import the first audio file. Logic Pro analyzes the file, and creates a tempo map.
  5. To make any adjustments in the SmartTempo Editor,click Show in the dialog. For example, you might need to set a new downbeat at the beginning of the file.
  6. In the Tracks area, trim and move the song’s beginning and end as desired.
  7. Set the Smart Tempo to Keep, then import the next song to the same track. The imported file plays back at the last tempo event of the first audio file.
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Use Smart Tempo with multitrack recording

For multitrack audio recordings, Smart Tempo analyzes the multitrack audio files together to create the tempo map. To do this, Logic Pro creates a multitrack set, which you can edit at any time. In the background, Logic Pro creates a downmix, which Smart Tempo uses to analyze the multitrack audio files. Use the downmix when refining the tempo analysis in the Smart Tempo Editor.

You can work with Smart Tempo and multitrack recordings three ways:

  • You can create a multitrack recording and have Smart Tempo match the tempo while recording.
  • You can import multiple audio files into a project and have Smart Tempo analyze them at the same time on import.
  • You can select audio regions in the Tracks area of a project and have Smart Tempo analyze them together.

When creating a multitrack recording, or if you're importing multiple files into the Tracks area, set these options first.

  1. Choose File > Project Settings > Smart Tempo.
  2. Choose Adapt Project Tempo from the "Default for Project Tempo mode" pop-up menu.
  3. When importing audio files, choose On from the “Set imported audio files to” pop-up menu. This automatically turns on Flex for imported files.

Select and analyze multiple audio regions in the Tracks area

If you didn't use Smart Tempo when creating a multitrack recording, you can analyze audio regions after you've recorded them.

  1. Select the audio regions that you want to analyze in the Tracks area.
  2. Control-click one of the selected regions, then choose Tempo > Create Smart Tempo Multitrack Set.
  3. In Contributes to Analysis column of the Smart Tempo Multitrack window, deselect the regions you to exclude from the Smart Tempo analysis.
  4. Click Analyze. You can fine-tune the tempo analysis of individual regions in the in theSmart Tempo Editor.You can also add and remove regions from the multitrack set and reanalyze them at any time.

Edit the multitrack set

After you initially analyze multiple regions, you can edit the multitrack set to add or remove regions from Smart Tempo analysis, then update the tempo analysis. In the Tracks area, control-click one of the regions used in the multitrack set, choose Tempo > Edit Smart Tempo Multitrack Set.

To reanalyze the set, select or deselect regions to include in the tempo analysis, then click Update.

To create a new multitrack set, click Break Up Set. Then, select the new regions you want to include in the Tracks area, Control-click one of the selected regions, then choose Tempo > Create Smart Tempo Multitrack Set.

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Use Smart Tempo with software instrument and MIDI tracks

In a new project, create a software instrument or external MIDI track, set the Smart Tempo mode to Adapt, then record your performance. Logic Pro creates a tempo map, like it does for audio tracks. You can also use the Smart Tempo Editor with software instrument and MIDI tracks. Unlike with audio files, Logic Pro saves Smart Tempo edits directly to the MIDI regions.

Refine Smart Tempo analysis and correct tempo detection errors

After you record an audio region or import an audio file using Smart Tempo, you can refine the tempo analysis, and correct any tempo detection errors with the Smart Tempo Editor.

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For example, you can set the downbeats of an audio file if Logic Pro didn’t detect them properly when you recorded or imported the audio file. In the main display that shows the audio file waveform, place the pointer over a beat marker (indicated by red lines) you want to make the downbeat (orange lines). A set of circular handles appears along the length of the beat marker. Each handle shows a tag describing the function of that handle. Place the pointer over the beat marker and click the Set Downbeat handle. You can also move and scale beat markers using the handles in the main window.

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The Smart Tempo Editor also includes other functions:

  • To edit tempo data in the audio file, click theEditpop-up menu. You can reanalyze the audio file, apply the tempo of a region to the project or apply the project tempo to a region, extend tempo changes, remove tempo edits made to the file, and more.
  • To double or halve the tempo of the file, click x2 or /2 in the Tempo display. For example, you might’ve recorded an audio track in Adapt mode, and Logic Pro detected the tempo at double or half the tempo you want.
  • To preview the file, clickMatch the tempo automatically in Logic Pro (7).
  • To add a metronome to the preview, clickMatch the tempo automatically in Logic Pro (8).
  • To loop playback of the file, clickMatch the tempo automatically in Logic Pro (9).

With MIDI files,The Smart Tempo analysis for a MIDI region does not include time signature or downbeat location analysis. Logic Pro automatically makes the first MIDI note event the downbeat.

Edit a multitrack set downmix

When editing a multitrack set in the Smart Tempo Editor, make sure to edit the downmix instead of one of the individual regions included in the multitrack set. In the Smart Tempo Editor, click the Filename pop-up menu and choose Downmix. Then, you can set the downbeat and perform other actions on the multitrack set.

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Learn more

  • Work with Smart Tempo
  • Work with the Smart Tempo Editor
  • Flex and Follow settings
  • Use the Tempo track

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FAQs

How do I match tempo in Logic Pro? ›

Double-click the tempo in the LCD, then enter the tempo you want for the mix. Choose File > Project Settings > Smart Tempo, then do the following: Choose Keep Project Tempo from the "Default for Project Tempo mode" pop-up menu. Choose "On + Align Bars and Beats" from the “Set imported audio files to" pop-up menu.

How do you auto detect tempo in logic? ›

Choose File > Project Settings > Smart Tempo, then select “Trim start of new regions” next to the “Set new recordings to” pop-up menu. Start recording. While you're recording, the project tempo adapts to the recording. Red lines in the region show detected tempo changes, and a tempo map appears in the Tempo track.

How do you sync audio to tempo in logic? ›

We can go to the bottom right hand corner here. If you click oh your icons going to change and

How do I turn off auto tempo in logic? ›

If you don't see this in your version of logic just right-click or control-click anywhere in the

How do you sync tracks in logic? ›

Make sure you are using the correct audio sync mode. Open the File > Project Settings > Synchronization > Audio pane and choose MTC Continuous or MTC Trigger + Auto Speed Detection mode in the Core Audio pop-up menu.

How do you use smart tempo? ›

To use Smart Tempo, you choose the Project Tempo mode to set the overall tempo behavior for the project, and choose the Flex & Follow setting for individual audio regions to set how they interact with the chosen Project Tempo mode.

How do you find the tempo of a sample? ›

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How do you determine beats per minute? ›

To calculate the beats per minute of a song, start by listening to the drum beat of the song and tapping your foot or hand along with it to get a feel for the time signature. Then, set a timer for 15 seconds and count how many times you tap in that amount of time.

How do I change the tempo in logic without changing sound? ›

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How do I sync two audio tracks? ›

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Where is the BPM counter in logic? ›

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How do I align audio in Logic? ›

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How do I turn off auto quantization? ›

Turn off Quantizing in the upper left parameter box in the Inspector, called MIDI Thru. Make sure you have not selected any regions when doing this. Or turn off Quantizing on the recorded part afterwards. There is no destructive quantizing going on.

How do I get rid of Smart tempo? ›

In the lcd menu where you see the bpm and key and such there's a setting if you right click it to show tempo settings. Activate it and it'll be in the middle of the menu. Change it from smart to keep tempo :) Mine is on keep, but when I imported an audio file it ended up warping it.

Why is logic auto quantizing? ›

Quantization automatically corrects the timing of notes in a performance, by moving notes that are played a little out of time—referenced to the note values of the musical grid—to the nearest gridline. The gridline value used as the reference is chosen by the user, depending on the fastest notes in the performance.

What is Sync Logic Pro? ›

Logic Pro supports most synchronization protocols, allowing you to synchronize it with external hardware and software. Logic Pro can transmit synchronization data to other devices or receive synchronization data from another device.

How do you use tempo in logic adapt? ›

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How do you sync two tracks in GarageBand? ›

Match other tracks to the groove track

In GarageBand on Mac, select the Match Groove Track checkbox on the left side of each track's header. Tracks that aren't selected won't match the groove track.

How do you Quantize in logic? ›

The most basic way to Quantize in Logic is via the Quantization options in the Region Inspector. The Region Inspector includes many settings that are applied to individual Regions in the Tracks area—adjustments can be made to multiple Regions at once by first selecting them all by rubber-banding or with the Shift key.

Where is the tempo operations window in logic? ›

Open the Tempo Operations window

In Logic Pro, choose Edit > Tempo > Tempo Operations (or use the Open Tempo Operations key command).

How do you beat detect in logic? ›

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How do I change the tempo in logic without changing sound? ›

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How do you quantize in logic? ›

The most basic way to Quantize in Logic is via the Quantization options in the Region Inspector. The Region Inspector includes many settings that are applied to individual Regions in the Tracks area—adjustments can be made to multiple Regions at once by first selecting them all by rubber-banding or with the Shift key.

Where is the tempo operations window in logic? ›

Open the Tempo Operations window

In Logic Pro, choose Edit > Tempo > Tempo Operations (or use the Open Tempo Operations key command).

How do you use varispeed? ›

In Logic Pro, click the Varispeed button in the control bar. Note: If you don't see the Varispeed button in the control bar, Control-click the control bar, choose Customize Control Bar and Display from the shortcut menu, choose Custom from the LCD pop-up menu, then select the Varispeed checkbox.

How do I change the tempo of a single track in logic? ›

Choose Edit > Tempo > Adjust Tempo using Region Length and Locators. A dialog asks if you want to change the tempo of the entire project, or create a tempo change for the section of the project occupied by the selected region.

How do I change the tempo of an audio file? ›

How to change the tempo of an audio file online
  1. 1Select file. Select an audio file that you want to change the tempo of.
  2. 2Set tempo. Drag the slider to set the tempo that the audio track should be played in.
  3. 3Download the modified file. Let the file be processed and you can download your modified file right afterwards.

How do I change the tempo of a sample in logic? ›

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Why is logic auto quantizing? ›

Quantization automatically corrects the timing of notes in a performance, by moving notes that are played a little out of time—referenced to the note values of the musical grid—to the nearest gridline. The gridline value used as the reference is chosen by the user, depending on the fastest notes in the performance.

What is quantization logic? ›

Important: The Quantize parameter is non-destructive. It adjusts the playback positions of notes in MIDI regions when Logic Pro is in playback or record mode. The original positions are kept in the regions, so you can go back to the original timing.

What do you mean by quantization? ›

Quantization is the process of mapping continuous infinite values to a smaller set of discrete finite values. In the context of simulation and embedded computing, it is about approximating real-world values with a digital representation that introduces limits on the precision and range of a value.

How do I change the tempo in logic mid song? ›

Create a tempo change in the Tempo Operations window

In the Logic Pro Tempo Operations window, choose Operation > Create Tempo Curve. Use the Position or Time field to define the area that the tempo change should take place across: the left field sets the curve start point and the right field, the curve end point.

How do I change time signature in logic? ›

Change the time signature in Wrapped view and Page view

Control-click the time signature. Choose Edit Time Signature from the shortcut menu. In the Time Signature dialog, enter a value for the number of beats, choose a value from the Note Value pop-up menu, then click OK.

How can I speed up a song without changing the pitch? ›

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What is pitch control music? ›

Pitch control is a feature on a record player that allows the listener to adjust the playback speed of the records. You can use it to change the pitch of the music or match the speed of other recordings.

How can you speed up a song? ›

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